Startup Applications List

Unfortunately, due to a change in my circumstances, the startup programs database here at Sysinfo.org will no longer be updated and the off-line downloads are no longer available. The version at Pacman's Portal will, however, continue to be updated and it's recommended that you refer to that site for more up to date information. The reason for this change in policy cannot be disclosed at this time but I hope you have enjoyed using the database here and thank you for your support and kind comments over the years.

Paul Collins

If you're frustrated with the time it takes your Windows 7/Vista/XP PC to boot and then it seems to be running slowly you may have too many programs running at start-up - and you have come to the right place to identify them. This is the original startup programs (as opposed to processes/tasks) list - one of the most accurate and comprehensive. Services are not included - see below. The database is mirrored in a slightly different format at Pacman's Portal.

"Name or Startup Item" in the table below refers to how an entry is displayed in MSConfig, Windows Defender or the registry "Run" keys. "Command or Data" refers to the program the entry runs. For further information on this and how to identify and disable startup programs you may want to also visit this page.

For further information on random startup entries please visit the Startups Info page.

Last update :- 29th July, 2011
24133 items listed

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Name or Startup ItemStatusCommand or DataDescriptionTested?
Flash MediaX %% % ^^ % %% ^%^^ ^^^ % ^%% ^ ^.exeAdded by a variant of the IRCBOT BACKDOOR! See here. Note the space at the beginning of the filenameNo
Flash MediaX^ ^ % ^ % % ^ ^ ^%% ^% %%^^.exeAdded by the IRCBOT.BAW BACKDOOR!No
Flash Player2X[path to worm]Added by the IRCBOT.PD WORM!No
FLASH32?-flash32.exe??No
Flex2K.exeUFlex2K.exeFlexType 2k from Datecs - a program used to read and write in symbolic writing systems such as Cyrillic, Greek and RussianYes
FlexType 2KUFlex2K.exeFlexType 2k from Datecs - a program used to read and write in symbolic writing systems such as Cyrillic, Greek and RussianYes
Floppy MasterX[path to trojan]Added by the ZONIT-F TROJAN!No
FolderRaperX[path to worm]Added by the VB.GOZ WORM!No
FoolProofSweepY??Part of FoolProof Security PC security software from SmartStuffNo
fpassistNfpassist.exePart of FreePDF (was FreePDF XP) - a utility used to create Adobe compatible PDF files from virtually any Windows application. This executable needs to be running when you want to send a printer output to a PDF file via the FreePDF virtual printerYes
FrapsNFRAPS.EXEFraps® by Beepa Pty Ltd - is "a universal Windows application that can be used with games using DirectX or OpenGL graphic technology". It can show how many Frames Per Second (FPS) you are getting, allow you to take a screenshot with a single keypress or record a videoYes
free-saveX[path to risk]Freesave security risk that tracks and sends browser information and visited websites on the computer. Uninstall this software unless you put it there yourselfNo
FreeCallNFreeCall.exeFreeCall - free internet telephony utility using the VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol). Call online friends for free and regular phones either for free (limited use) or low rates. One of a number provided by Betamax - the others generally have different rate plans. Similar to the more popular SkypeYes
FreePDF AssistantNfpassist.exePart of FreePDF (was FreePDF XP) - a utility used to create Adobe compatible PDF files from virtually any Windows application. This executable needs to be running when you want to send a printer output to a PDF file via the FreePDF virtual printerYes
FreePDF_AssistantNfpassist.exePart of FreePDF (was FreePDF XP) - a utility used to create Adobe compatible PDF files from virtually any Windows application. This executable needs to be running when you want to send a printer output to a PDF file via the FreePDF virtual printerYes
FreshDownloadNFD.EXEFresh Download from Freshdevices.com - "is a download manager for Internet Explorer that helps you downloading files from the Internet, such as your favorite freeware/shareware, mp3 files, movie files, picture collections, etc"Yes
freshUIUfreshui.exePart of Fresh UI from Freshdevices.com - "a fresh solution for configuring and optimizing Windows." This entry is added if you select any of the "on logon" options under "Covering Your Track" for "Clear Explorer History" and "Clear Internet Explorer History" and will have one or more numbers between 0 and 17 appended to the filename depending upon the option(s) selected. Once run it will exitYes
fsdsftX[path to backdoor]Added by the RANKY.S BACKDOOR!No
fssuiUfsui.exeSystem Tray access to and notifications from Windows Live Family Safety - optionally installed as part of Windows Live Essentials. "With Family Safety, you decide how your kids experience the Internet. Limit searches, monitor and block or allow websites, and decide who your kids can communicate with in Windows Live Spaces, Messenger, or Hotmail". Note - disabling this entry does not disable Family Safety and prevent it monitoring a users activity or restricting accessYes
fssuiUfssui.exeSystem Tray access to and notifications from Windows Live OneCare Family Safety - part of the Live OneCare range and now superseded by Windows Live Family Safety which is part of Windows Live Essentials. Allows you to decide how your kids experience the Internet by limiting searches, monitoring and blocking/allowing websites and deciding who your kids can communicate with in Messenger or Hotmail. Note - disabling this entry does not disable Family Safety and prevent it monitoring a users activity or restricting accessYes
fsuiUfsui.exeSystem Tray access to and notifications from Windows Live Family Safety - optionally installed as part of Windows Live Essentials. "With Family Safety, you decide how your kids experience the Internet. Limit searches, monitor and block or allow websites, and decide who your kids can communicate with in Windows Live Spaces, Messenger, or Hotmail". Note - disabling this entry does not disable Family Safety and prevent it monitoring a users activity or restricting accessYes
FTweakFCleanerUFCleaner.exeFCleaner by FTweak Inc - "is a freeware all-in-one Windows disk and registry cleaning and optimization tool. It removes unused files and invalid registry entries that are eating up your disk space and slowing your system down, tweaks your system and allows your Windows to run faster." Features include removing unused files, cleaning internet history, managing startup programs and a fully featured registry cleanerYes
ftweak_RAMRushURAMRush.exeRAMRush by FTweak Inc - "is a free memory management and optimization tool. It can efficiently optimize memory usages of your Windows system, free up physical RAM and make your system work better"Yes
ftweak_recyclebinexURecycleBinEx.exeRecycleBinEx by FTweak Inc - "a powerful and easy to use recycle bin manager for Windows Operating System. It extends and enhances the Windows recycle bin, and let you use many extra features in it"Yes
FUIClearHisUfreshui.exePart of Fresh UI from Freshdevices.com - "a fresh solution for configuring and optimizing Windows." This entry is added if you select any of the "on logon" options under "Covering Your Track" for "Clear Explorer History" and "Clear Internet Explorer History" and will have one or more numbers between 0 and 17 appended to the filename depending upon the option(s) selected. Once run it will exitYes
G DATA AntiVirus Tray ApplicationYAVKTray.exeSystem Tray access to and notifications for the range of internet security products from G Data Software AG - including NotebookSecurity, TotalSecurity, InternetSecurity and AntiVirus. If this entry is disabled, the core product functions will work properly but you will lose quick access to the main window and miss notifications of potential problems and updates. Also used by versions of Lavasoft's Ad-Aware Total SecurityYes
G DATA AntiVirus TrayapplicationYAVKTray.exeSystem Tray access to and notifications for the range of internet security products from G Data Software AG - including NotebookSecurity, TotalCare, InternetSecurity and AntiVirus. If this entry is disabled, the core product functions will work properly but you will lose quick access to the main window and miss notifications of potential problems and updatesYes
G Data Personal FirewallYGDFirewallTray.exePart of the firewall included with the NotebookSecurity, TotalSecurity and InternetSecurity internet security products from G Data Software AG. Access to the firewall options is included in the main "G Data AntiVirus Tray Application" (AVKTray.exe) entry and although the name would suggest this adds a further tray icon it doesn't. Although the exact purpose is therefore unknown it's recommended you leave it running. Also used by versions of Lavasoft's Ad-Aware Total SecurityYes
G Data Security SoftwareYAVKTray.exeSystem Tray access to and notifications for the range of internet security products from G Data Software AG - including NotebookSecurity, TotalSecurity, InternetSecurity and AntiVirus. If this entry is disabled, the core product functions will work properly but you will lose quick access to the main window and miss notifications of potential problems and updates. Also used by versions of Lavasoft's Ad-Aware Total SecurityYes
G00123X[worm filename]Added by the BUGBROS WORM!No
G4GX[random filename]Detected as Trojan-Downloader.Win32.VB.fkiNo
Games AccelerationX[path to trojan]Added by the SMUTSRCH-A TROJAN!No
Gbp ServiceX[path to trojan]Added by the BANBRA.GQU TROJAN! The most common filename seen is "dchcp.exe" but examples have been seen where the filename is "spoolsvr32.exe"No
GDAXX[path to backdoor]Added by the RANKY.K TROJAN!No
GDFirewallTrayYGDFirewallTray.exePart of the firewall included with the NotebookSecurity, TotalSecurity and InternetSecurity internet security products from G Data Software AG. Access to the firewall options is included in the main "G Data AntiVirus Tray Application" (AVKTray.exe) entry and although the name would suggest this adds a further tray icon it doesn't. Although the exact purpose is therefore unknown it's recommended you leave it running. Also used by versions of Lavasoft's Ad-Aware Total SecurityYes
GetRightUGetRight.exeGetRight from Headlight Software - shareware download manager for resuming downloads and choosing multiple download locations. The Pro version adds uploading and other features. Earlier 4.x versions included ads, which could be disabled if you chose not to install the Aureate/Radiate software in the registered version - see here. Start it manually unless you want to intercept download links from your browserYes
GetRight - Tray IconUgetright.exeEntry added with older versions of the GetRight download manager from Headlight Software, Inc. Start it manually unless you want to intercept download links from your browserYes
Ghost RelayX[random filename]Added by the DNSCHANG.EK TROJAN!No
GhostStartTrayAppNGhostStartTrayApp.exeSystem Tray access to older versions of Symantec's Norton Ghost backup software (either as a standalone product or as part of Norton SystemWorks)Yes
gimmygamesX[path to trojan]Added by the DLOADR-LN TROJAN!No
Glassy Calculator IIUGlassy Calculator II.exeGlassy Calculator II widget for the DesktopX desktop utility from Stardock Corporation. Once started, Glassy Calculator II.exe loads a file called "DXWidget.exe" and exitsYes
Glassy Calculator IIUGLASSY~1.EXEGlassy Calculator II widget for the DesktopX desktop utility from Stardock Corporation. Once started, Glassy Calculator II.exe loads a file called "DXWidget.exe" and exits. This is the XP MSConfig entry where "Glassy Calculator II.exe" is shown as "GLASSY~1.EXE"Yes
Glassy CalendarUGlassy Calendar.exeGlassy Calendar widget for the DesktopX desktop utility from Stardock Corporation. Once started, Glassy Calendar.exe loads a file called "DXWidget.exe" and exitsYes
Glassy CalendarUGLASSY~2.EXEGlassy Calendar widget for the DesktopX desktop utility from Stardock Corporation. Once started, Glassy Calendar.exe loads a file called "DXWidget.exe" and exits. This is the XP MSConfig entry where "Glassy Calendar.exe" is shown as "GLASSY~2.EXE"Yes
GlobalSCAPEX[random filename]Added by the RBOT-AYM WORM!No
Gmail CheckerUGmail Checker.exeGmail Checker widget for the DesktopX desktop utility from Stardock Corporation. Checks for new E-mail on Google via their Atom feed. Once started, Gmail Checker.exe loads a file called "DXWidget.exe" and exitsYes
Gmail CheckerUGMAILC~1.EXEGmail Checker widget for the DesktopX desktop utility from Stardock Corporation. Checks for new E-mail on Google via their Atom feed. Once started, Gmail Checker.exe loads a file called "DXWidget.exe" and exits. This is the XP MSConfig entry where "Gmail Checker.exe" is shown as "GMAILC~1.EXE"Yes
Google DesktopUGoogleDesktop.exeGoogle Desktop - "a desktop search application that provides full text search over your email, files, music, photos, chats, Google Mail, web pages that you've viewed and more. By making your computer searchable, Google Desktop puts your information easily within your reach and frees you from having to manually organise your files, emails and bookmarks"Yes
Google Desktop SearchUGoogleDesktop.exeGoogle Desktop - "a desktop search application that provides full text search over your email, files, music, photos, chats, Google Mail, web pages that you've viewed and more. By making your computer searchable, Google Desktop puts your information easily within your reach and frees you from having to manually organise your files, emails and bookmarks"Yes
Google EarthX[random filename]Added by the RBOT-AXK TROJAN!No
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Notes & Warnings

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DISCLAIMER: It is assumed that users are familiar with the operating system they are using and comfortable with making the suggested changes. We will not be held responsible if changes you make cause a system failure.

WARNING: This is NOT a database of tasks/processes taken from Task Manager or the Close Program window (CTRL+ALT+DEL) but a database of startup applications, although you will find some of them listed via this method. Pressing CTRL+ALT+DEL identifies programs that are currently running - not necessarily at startup. For a list of tasks/processes you should try the Process Library from Uniblue, the list at PC Pitstop or one of the many others now available. Therefore, before ending a task/process via CTRL+ALT+DEL just because it has an "X" recommendation, please check whether it's in MSConfig or the registry first. An example would be "svchost.exe" - which doesn't appear in either under normal conditions but does via CTRL+ALT+DEL. If in doubt, don't do anything.

To avoid the database becoming too large, all virus entries are only shown using the registry version which is common to all Windows versions. Otherwise there would be multiple entries for popular filenames that viruses often use - such as "svchost" above for example. Multiple viruses can also use the same startup entries, in this case only those with significant differences (such as file location) are repeated in this database.

NOTE: There are a number of virus and malware entries listed in this database where specific removal instructions haven't been given. If this is the case then you could try ComboFix, a program written by sUBs that can remove many different types of Trojans and Worms. See here for a tutorial on how to use the program

IMPORTANT: A number of entries are repeated due to the way that different operating systems display startup items. For example, WinMe lists "POPROXY.EXE" as "Norton eMail Protect" in both MSCONFIG and the registry whereas WinXP lists it as "Poproxy" in MSCONFIG and "Norton eMail Protect" in the registry.

SERVICES: "Services" from the NT/2K/XP/Vista/7 operating systems are not included. I fully understand that some programs with these OS's use "Services" as an alternative to load their component parts at startup but these are handled in a different way. We recommend you try BlackViper for information on services for the relevant operating systems.

RECOMMENDATIONS:

If you're looking for a startup manager then why not try Spybot - Search & Destroy (by Safer Networking Ltd) as the startup programs section (select the Advanced mode) includes descriptions from this database. You might also want to try their RunAlyzer and FileAlyzer tools.

As there are more than 10,000 entries in this database related to viruses, trojans, worms and other malware we recommend you use a quality internet security package. Which ever you choose, keep it updated.

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Copyright

Presentation, format & comments Copyright 2001 - 2011 Pacman's Portal
Portions Copyright Peter Forrest, Denny Denham, Sylvain Prevost, Tony Klein, CastleCops & Bleeping Computer
Database creation and support by Patrick Kolla
Software support by John Mayer
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